The Charity Awards 2016

Winners announced

The Charity Awards 2016 winners were unveiled in an impressive black-tie ceremony at the Mermaid Theatre in London on Thursday 9 June.

Ten charities were honoured with awards covering all fields of charitable activity in the UK. 

The winners collected their trophies before an audience of over 350 individuals from the charity sector, politicians and celebrities, including BBC Breakfast presenter, Bill Turnbull, who hosted the ceremony.

The Overall Winner of the night, presented by John Low, Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), was The Trussell Trust. The recipient of the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement was Mark Goldring. 

Now in their seventeenth year, the Charity Awards, sponsored by CAF, is a year-round programme which highlights and disseminates best practice across the sector.

 Category  Results
Advice, support and campaigning Winner: YOU Trust
Highly Commended: Migrant Help
Highly Commended: Women's Resource Centre
Arts, culture and heritage Winner: Eureka! The National Children's Museum
Highly Commended: Unlimited Theatre
Highly Commended: Northern Ballet
Children and youth Winner: Active Change Foundation
Highly Commended: Children's Food Trust
Highly Commended: For Jimmy
Disability Winner: SignHealth
Highly Commended: English Federation of Disability Sport
Highly Commended:C-Change Scotland
Education and training Winner: The Boxing Academy
Highly Commended: Place2Be
Environment and conservation Winner: Keep Britain Tidy
Highly Commended: RSPB
Highly Commended: Eden Project
Grantmaking and funding Winner: Winner, the Preston Road Women's Centre
Highly Commended: The Bulldog Trust
Highly Commended: SHINE (Support and Help IN Education)
Healthcare and medical research Winner: Combat Stress
Highly Commended: Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB)
Highly Commended: Streetdoctors
International aid and development Winner: Vision for a Nation Foundation
Highly Commended: Omid Foundation
Highly Commended: Camfed International
Highly Commended: Send a Cow
Social care and welfare Winner: The Trussell Trust
Highly Commended: Open Road
Highly Commended: Community Links Northern Ltd
 Overall Winner  The Trussell Trust
 Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement  Mark Goldring


John Low, Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation
, said"

This year's Charity Awards celebrate the inspiring people working in neighbourhoods and communities across the UK and overseas to make the world a better place.

“Celebrating these successes - as these awards have now been doing for 17 years - is an important part of maintaining and building Britain's proud culture of civil action and generosity.

“The organisations who won awards and those who were shortlisted demonstrate a great sense of teamwork, collaboration and management excellence.

“It is humbling to see the amazing work being done by people who are changing lives in so many ways. Their stories are an inspiration, and my congratulations go out to them all.

The Charity Awards 2016 - key dates to remember

  • Special report published – 6 July 2016

Benefits of winning

The Charity Awards provide the perfect platform to showcase the exceptional work that charities do. Recognition at this level helps power future publicity drives, fundraising campaigns and funding bids.

By entering the awards, charities can also benchmark their progress against other leading lights in their sector.

Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulating the winners said:

“For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities win awards.”

About Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

CAF is overall partner of The Charity Awards 2016. We help people and businesses support the causes they care about, and for charities, we provide simple and straightforward day-to-day banking and fundraising services, freeing them up to concentrate on the real work of making a difference.

Scottish Charity Awards 2016 – celebrating Scotland’s third sector

We supported the 10th annual Scottish Charity Awards designed to recognise the success of charities in Scotland. The awards ceremony took place on 9 June 2016 to honour organisations and people that have made significant achievements for Scotland’s third sector over the past year.

Once again we were delighted to sponsor the Perfect Partnership award, an award celebrating outstanding collaboration by two or more third sector organisations or between third sector organisations and public/private sector.

As always the event provided a highlight of the year, showcasing success stories from across the third sector and recognising Scotland’s elite for the outstanding work they carry out.

Find out more about the Scottish Charity Awards.

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Charity Awards 2016 event report

Read a round-up of campaigns from the winners and highly commended charities at the Charity Awards 2016.

Download the event report